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Dog with rare skill used to uncover key evidence in Jared Fogle case

Published: Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 2:01 PM
Updated: Friday, August 21, 2015 @ 2:01 PM

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A dog trained to sniff out electronics helped find a piece of key evidence in the Jared Fogle child pornography investigation, according to prosecutors.

The Labrador retriever named Bear has been trained to find electronic media storage devices, such as SD cards and thumb drives, according to WRTV.

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Bear is one of only three dogs in the U.S. trained to discover such items, according to CBS 4.

In July, federal investigators conducted a search of the former Subway spokesman’s Indiana home. On Wednesday, officials provided a list of the items examined from the Fogle residence, which included dozens of phones and memory storage devices, along with several tablets, laptops and hard drives.

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Prosecutors said Bear discovered a hidden flash drive at the residence which proved to be key to the investigation.

It was also announced Wednesday that Fogle will plead guilty to child pornography charges and will spend, at minimum, several years in prison in addition to having to seek treatment and pay restitution to his victims.

The dog and his handler have assisted the Indiana Crimes Against Children Task Force in five investigations. Bear is headed next to Seattle to work for the city’s police department.

Neighbors of parents accused of holding 13 kids captive describe family as odd, reclusive

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:12 AM

13 Siblings Held Captive In California "House of Horrors"

Neighbors described the reportedly nightmarish situation at the Turpin home, where parents David and Louise allegedly kept their 13 children shackled to their beds and malnourished, as seeming like a “cult.”

Former neighbors said the children were made to march around for hours in the middle of the night, they told the New York Post.

A man named Mike, who did not want to give his full name and was a neighbor of the Turpins when they lived in Murrieta, California, told the Post, “I thought they were like a cult. They would march back and forth on the second story at night. The light would be on the whole time, and they would be marching the kids back and forth.”

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Mike said he would arrive home late from his job at a hospital and see the children marching through the upstairs rooms of the Turpin home between midnight and 3 a.m.

David and Louis Turpin were arrested Sunday in their Perris, California, home after one of their daughters called police for help, saying she had managed to escape the house with a cellphone. When police arrived, they reportedly found the siblings, ages 2 to 29, living in squalor and looking very thin, with several of the kids shackled to furniture.

Mike said his wife, Myrna, called the family “clones,” saying the Turpins all spoke “robotically, in a monotone and at the same” time during the few occasions on which Myrna interacted with them at a local grocer.

However, Mike told the Post that he and Myrna never called the police because they didn’t see anything that suggested they needed to. They just thought the parents were a bit odd.

Mike, as well former neighbors from when the Turpins owned a farm in Rio Vista, Texas — which the family left due to foreclosure — remarked on the amount of trash that the family accumulated.

“I ended up calling the police because of the trash and everything that was left there,” said former Texas neighbor Randy McClain. “There was a brand new pickup truck covered in [trash] — a whole truck bed full and overflowing to the ground with trash: diapers, Spam cans, potted meat cans, just overflowing.”

The Daily Mail got access to the Turpin’s Perris backyard and found a Disney-themed fountain situated in a messy yard in which “piles of metal pipes could be seen strewn around, along with a rusty set of metal garden furniture and some diaper boxes.”

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Through the screen door, the Daily Mail spied piles of clutter, including what appear to be stacked books, within the house.

Neighbor Leticia Gomez, 45, who lives directly behind the Turpin home, told the Daily Mail that she wasn’t aware there were any kids in the house. She described the Turpins’ garden as unkempt and “scruffy.”

Another neighbor, Andria Valdez, said she did know there were children living in the home and that she had seen them before. She joked that the Turpins reminded her of the vampire family in the “Twilight” books and movies, because they were “really, really pale” and “only came out at night.”

Report of person down prompts police investigation in Trotwood

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 4:36 AM

Police respond to report of 'person down' in Trotwood

Police are investigating after they were called to reports of a person down in Trotwood early Thursday.

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Officers were dispatched to the area of Free Pike and Hermosa Drive around 2 a.m. 

As of 4 a.m., police remain on scene.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Xenia police, US Marshals arrest suspect who evades manhunt this month

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:17 PM

Xenia police, US Marshals arrest suspect who evaded manhunt this month

A 33-year-old Xenia man who evaded capture, which led to a manhunt in Xenia, was taken into custody by Xenia police and the U.S.  Marshals.

Charles E. Dameron was arrested Wednesday night without incident, Xenia police Capt. Alonzo Wilson stated tonight in a news release.

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Dameron will be facing additional charges as a result of this arrest, Wilson said.

Kazia M. Dehart, 30, who was with Dameron, was arrested on outstanding warrants, police said.

Dameron fled in a vehicle Jan. 5 when Greene County Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop him on U.S. 35 E. He was a suspect in a gun-related incident in Riverside.

Police found the vehicle idling with a child inside on North Richard Drive. Dameron had been baby-sitting the child, who was not hurt.

‘Bad timing. Real bad:’ 2 illegally enter building with K-9 training nearby

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Police chief saw them breaking into closed hotel

When the Middletown police chief and two new City Council were having lunch Wednesday on the fourth floor of the City Building, they noticed through a window that it appeared two subjects were climbing a fire escape and entering a window on the upper floors of the former Manchester Inn.

So Chief Rodney Muterspaw, who was meeting with council members Joe Mulligan and Ami Vitori, called police dispatch to report the suspicious activity at the hotel that closed seven years ago.

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As the two suspects were illegally trying to enter the Manchester Inn, the police department’s K-9 team was training along with eight agencies of the Southwest Regional K-9 Training Team at the city’s K-9 training center near the Middletown Regional Airport.

“Bad timing,” Muterspaw said with a laugh. “Real bad.”

Middletown’s K-9 officers Bear, Chase and Koda, along with dogs from the other police agencies, entered the building, said Officer Ryan Morgan, Chase’s handler. Morgan said there were 11 dogs stationed in and around the Manchester Inn.

“Dogs were barking everywhere,” Morgan said.

While Morgan and Chase were on the second floor, Chase, a 4-year-old German shepherd, indicated he smelled human scent, Morgan said. When they found the subjects hiding in a hotel room, Chase “showed force” and the subjects quickly surrendered, Morgan said.

Morgan said there is “no better training than real life scenarios.”

Nicholas Tsakeris, 18, and a juvenile were charged with criminal trespass, police said.

This story will be updated.